Health

CT Taps Slow Down

The City of Cape Town has rolled out Phase One of its Critical Water Shortages Disaster Plan and pre-selected suburbs can expect dry taps during peak hours.

Water rationing through extreme pressure reduction is underway, the City said on Monday.

Under Phase One, pre-selected suburbs can expect water supply disruptions for short periods of time with outages likely to occur in the mornings and evenings.

New International Study Reveals South Africa has Saltiest Kiddies Chicken Burger Globally

  • Of all countries surveyed, South Africa’s KFC chicken burger and chips aimed at children had the highest salt content of all kiddies chicken burgers globally, at 2.91g (more than ½ a teaspoon) per meal;
  • South Africa was in the top 10 for the saltiest popular kiddies meals globally;
  • Eight out of ten (134/163) meals contain more than 1g salt per serving –  that’s the maximum recommendation for a meal for a child aged 4-6 years [1];

Organ Donors needed in SA

Only 0.2% of South Africans are registered as organ donors while over 4 000 people are in dire need of organ transplants.

South African Donor Foundation spokesperson Joost Vermeulen says kidneys are in high demand and dialysis only provides renal kidney failure patients with a short term solution.

He says: "Currently there are over 4 500 people in need of a life saving transplant. However that does not give us the true story, because in South Africa thousands of people are turned away who need renal dialysis.

SA Needs a Concrete Plan To Stop Gender Violence

Recently, newspapers carried an article about a 44-year old gender activist who was raped behind some bushes at night. Most readers likely skipped over it and turned to the sports pages. Perhaps partly because of the familiarity of the scenario, or partly to protect the reader from yet another story about “bad and violent things” happening in South Africa.

New HIV Policy for Schools Does Not Go Far Enough

The DBE’s new National Policy on HIV, STIs and TB in the basic education sector allows learners access to condoms and contraceptives, a development that has been lauded widely since its launch at the 8th SA AIDS Conference which took place in Durban from 13 to 15 June.

However, somewhat confusingly, the policy describes access to condoms as “dependent only on age of consent, inquiry and need”, while information on condom use will be facilitated for learners over the age of 12.

Rabies Outbreak Hits North West

A rabies disease outbreak has been detected in Schweizer-Reneke and Bloemhof, in the North West.

More than 20 heard of cattle have died.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals.

Early symptoms can include fever especially on dogs and cat families and can be spread to other mammals.

To read the article titled, “Rabies outbreak hits North West” click here

Tax on Sugar and Sweetened Beverages

Although the overall impact of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would be negative the effect would be “relatively small”, National Treasury said. 

During public hearings on government’s proposed tax that took place in Parliament on Tuesday, National Treasury said it expected job losses in the sugar and beverages industries to be 5 000 at most. 

“But the health outcomes associated with this tax need to be factored into the overall assessment of the tax proposal,” an official said. 

Hunger, Malnutrition and Death

Repeated rain failures have pushed 15 million people across the three countries into crisis, and in need of aid, as their animals are dying and water is in short supply, Save the Children said in a statement.

"The situation for already desperate children and families in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya will only get worse – leaving millions at risk of hunger, and even death," the charity's Ethiopia country director, John Graham, said.

The next rainy season is likely to bring more below-average rainfall across the region, experts predict.

Patient's Hospital Ordeal

A Pinetown resident whose right arm was slashed in an attempted hijacking last month now fears losing the use of his limb after he says indifferent hospital staff left the wound open for hours on end.
Riaan van der Westhuizen, 31, also says that he lay unattended in the casualty ward unit of RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth before his heart stopped.

Only when his wife started CPR did her frantic screams gain the attention of medical staff, who rushed him into theatre.

The Risks and Dangers of Antibiotics

I see patients on a daily basis who have been affected by antibiotic drugs. For example, they’ve been treated with tetracycline or trimethoprim for acne or a UTI and have never been well since. Overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, allergic reactions, digestive problems and yeast infections.

Antibiotic Resistance

Pages

NGO Services

NGO Services

NGO Events

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
 
Subscribe to RSS - Health